Thursday, December 23, 2010

Paleo Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

One of life's simpler pleasures: pasta. Who doesn't love it? I knew that when I decided to go Paleo, pasta was one of the items I was going to miss. And while there is no true substitute for the devilish delight, there is a way to satisfy the craving and stick to your Paleo plan. Please welcome, spaghetti squash!

Spaghetti squash is a winter squash, so it is in season now. You can find it year round, but now is the time to find it at its best. Look for pale, even-colored fruit with a firm exterior.

You should also know some of the great nutrition benefits of this squash. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which we know reduce inflammation and omega-6 fatty acids which promote brain function. It is also rich in beta-carotene, which can prevent athersclerosis; a good source of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure; contains folate, which prevents damage to the walls of the blood vessels; and an excellent source of vitamins A and C which are antioxidants.

Paleo Spaghetti and Meat Sauce


One large spaghetti squash
1/4 cup water
1 lb of Boulder Sausage Hot Italian Sausage
1 jar of marinara or tomato-based sauce. (Be sure to check the sugar content on the label. This is typically an item where you get what you pay for. Most of the higher-priced, specialty brands contain less sugar and more wholesome ingredients. You can also use plain tomato sauce with no salt added.)
Loads of garlic
Olive Oil
Any of your favorite veggies


Preheat oven to 350 F. Halve squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Pour water in bottom of baking dish. Place squash halves face-down in dish. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until squash is soft when pressed in middle.

Meanwhile, brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat. Drain fat and set aside.

Heat olive oil in skillet and saute garlic and veggies of choice. Once veggies are tender, add meat and tomato sauce or marinara to skillet and heat through.

Once squash is cooked, use a fork to separate strands. Top with sauce. Viola!

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